By: Chrystal Gomes
I was nervous. This was the first time I was to be a Health Mentor. Although I had shared “my story” time and time again, this was going to be different. This time, it could, and hopefully would, make a real difference within the context of a future medical community.
My biggest dilemma: How much do I share? Do I share the good, the bad, AND the ugly?
I was so nervous, I arrived at the building downtown one hour early. I stopped in at the coffee shop across the street for a comforting French Vanilla Cappuccino. I reviewed the paperwork regarding the Health Mentor Program. I glanced over the sample questions and the answers I had pencilled in.
Still nervous, I made my way across the street and up to the second floor about 20 minutes early. The five students – all young women – were already there. I was more nervous and I knew they could sense this. Even if they couldn’t, I recall this being one of my first confessions to the group – that I was nervous.
I needn’t have been nervous. They were a delightful group of students who were genuinely interested in hearing my patient voice. [...] continue the story